Worth their weight in gold

Forza Hori­zon 4 and For­nite Bat­tle Royale win big at the

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While OXM’s own end-of-year awards are, of course, the most de­fin­i­tive around (see p62), we’re al­ways in­ter­ested to see which games win big at the Golden Joy­sticks – be­cause they’re cho­sen not by a judg­ing panel, but by the votes of you, the gam­ing pub­lic. Pre­sented once again by co­me­dian and writer Danny Wal­lace, with voice ac­tress Alix Wil­ton Re­gan (Aya in As­sas­sin’s Creed Ori­gins) on an­nouncer du­ties, this year’s event was packed with lu­mi­nar­ies from across the games in­dus­try, all as­sem­bled to find out your favourite games of 2018.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the phe­nom­e­non that is Fort­nite:Bat­tleRoyale took home its share of ac­co­lades, its huge fan­base pro­pel­ling it to vic­tory in both the Best Com­pet­i­tive Game cat­e­gory and the grand prize, Ul­ti­mate Game Of The Year. Forza Hori­zon 4, mean­while, took home Best Xbox One Game, beat­ing Sea Of Thieves, State Of De­cay

2 and Play­erUn­known’s Bat­tle­grounds to the top spot.

Tanks again

Cy­ber­punk 2077 con­fi­dently won Most Wanted Game – no great sur­prise, given the fer­vour around CD Pro­jekt’s lat­est – and World Of Tanks won the Still Play­ing Award for the sec­ond year run­ning, its de­voted fan­base once again swat­ting away the likes of Hearth­stone, Play­erUn­known’s Bat­tle­grounds and Destiny 2. Team shooter Over­watch sim­i­larly pulled off an­other year as the win­ner of the eS­ports Game Of The Year cat­e­gory. Best In­die Game went to rogue­like mega-hit Dead Cells, de­spite stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Ce­leste and Into The Breach, and the hugely suc­cess­ful Mon­ster Hunter: World won Best Co­op­er­a­tive Game for its epic team di­nosaur hunts.

With a re­lease date in­con­ve­niently close to the close of the vot­ing pe­riod,

Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 didn’t make the splash you might have ex­pected. It did at least win Crit­ics’ Choice, the award de­cided by a panel of ex­pert re­view­ers (in­clud­ing OXM ed­i­tor Chris).

We sung the praises ear­lier this year of Mi­crosoft’s new Xbox Adap­tive Con­troller, and the Golden Joy­sticks saw fit to cel­e­brate it too – it won the Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Award, recog­nis­ing the team’s amaz­ing work help­ing to make gam­ing more ac­ces­si­ble for all. Also hon­oured was From Soft­ware’s Hide­taka Miyazaki, the man be­hind the Dark Souls se­ries and the up­com­ing Sekiro: Shad­ows

Die Twice, who re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award. He seemed gen­uinely hum­bled to have the award pre­sented to him by two of his great­est in­flu­ences – Steve Jackson and Ian Liv­ing­stone, cre­ators of the

Fight­ing Fan­tasy game books. “To re­ceive such a pres­ti­gious award fills me with great sur­prise and a sense of great hon­our. I am tremen­dously grate­ful to every­one who has played, en­joyed and ap­pre­ci­ated our games,” said Miyazaki in his ac­cep­tance speech, via a trans­la­tor. “This award goes to the many peo­ple who have built these games with me, and shared their pas­sion with me over the years.” ■

“Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 didn’t make the splash you might have ex­pected”

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